LSU coach Brian Kelly continued his tirade against instant replay in college football this week, saying on his weekly radio show Thursday night that it was “ruining the game.”
After the game was halted at least five times during Saturday’s win over Florida, Kelly said Monday his biggest concern was that it was “just slowing down the game.”
After a few more days to stew about it, Kelly doubled down.
“In ten out of ten cases the call is on the field. Unless it’s an LSU call, right?” Kelly said on his weekly radio show Thursday. “Or is it just me? I just don’t think they like the guy from up north.”
One game in particular annoyed Kelly. LSU linebacker Harold Perkins fired Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson, causing a fumble. However, upon review, the call was turned into an incompletion after instant playback officials ruled that Richardson’s arm was moving forward.
“This is how it was explained to us: if you break it down into frames down to the millisecond, his hand moves forward slightly one frame,” Kelly said Thursday night. “So when we get to that level, it’s amazing. Instant replay ruins the game.”
Saturday’s game lasted more than 3½ hours, a trend that worries Kelly.
“My biggest concern is that we’re just slowing down the game,” Kelly said Monday. “Look, we have the bills to pay, I see. it’s four [hours], three, four, three, with timeouts. This isn’t going to go away, or we obviously aren’t going to pay anyone anything.
“But stopping the game for so many reviews and most of them being ‘the game is perfect’ just takes the flow out of the game. Hopefully we can look at that at the end of the season. Maybe it can be an instant replay if only goals are scored, or a change of possession. And then when you feel like it’s outrageous, throw your red flag out there.”
LSU (5-2) plays Ole Miss #7 (7-0) on Saturday.
https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/34845094/lsu-football-coach-brian-kelly-rants-instant-replay LSU football coach Brian Kelly rants against instant replay